Sunday, 26 January 2020

Spruce up season

Its not just the carriages that are having a spruce up. James (left) spent several years with us starting in the youth group before joining C&W and training with us as a welder. He remained with us while taking training into employment and becoming a very well qualified welder. Last autumn he joined HMS Raleigh. 

Everything is happening which is not really surprising for C&W in the closed season.

There may not be a carriage to paint as such but there does seem to be a mass of parts needing attention.

Grills from a carriage into the yard that Dave Hancox is working on. A door from the toilet of 4772.In the background sections from the LNWR van and to the right table legs.

 Flooring panels from the CK 16221 being worked on beside the workshops.

A sliding Door from 4772 and beyond panelling for the same cut trimmed and now painted ready for fitting.

 The ceiling of 34929 is now almost complete

 Phil reconnected the electrical leads on the 4772 south end.

while Bryan Rob and Jerry installed the gangway U section.

The interior team are working there way along the corridor of 34929 with backing batons to fix the panelling to.

Alan trims the next section of insulation.

On the shutdown maintenance front the RMB from the Maroon rake is getting a new auto fill boiler.

Due to the connections required it has to move position from right to left of the sinks. Some extra insulation will be needed and the sink needs strengthening.

So out the sink come and Dennis Brown stripped it down for new plumbing a the same time.

Dennis Richards and Paul are working there way through the Maroon rake dealing with some issues and referring other for attention/ The gutters get a clean. The rake will have to be moved to the other platform to do the other side.

Carriages are in and out of the barn in rapid rotation. This one had a steam leak. The bad section of pipe, which was over the bogie, has already been removed while further along John Hamer strips the vacuum cylinder piston and sealing collar. The collar was so worn it could slide down the piston un aided. So not much of a seal then! Fortunately a new supply of seals arrived the same morning and one was installed. 

Thank heaven for our vacuum test pump and test showed that a better action and we have left it to see how long it stays on the old one leaked off in minutes. It should be more like days.

John Squires made a new section of pipe that was also fitted do 2 issues dealt with in the day the carriage back on its bogies brakes reconnected and ready to go when we can organise a shunt,

Another cylinder under test on the vac cylinder rig also under going a test after another new seal was installed.

John Osborn remaking a window droplight carrier.  While we have a good collection of spares this particular one is of a type we are short off.

Panelling repairs to the LNWR van is well advanced with Paul inside and Richard looking on.

a couple of patch repairs

The upholstery team are continuing the rolling program of seat refurbishments.

Another job on 34929 Chris starting work on the door 1 wood pillar 

Pam returned to the department after her season as the Snowman at Toddington for Santa.

After the barn extension last year we had some sheeting sections left over, We are measuring them up 

and Pam is cutting them into suitable lengths to replace the plastic cladding along the side of the original barn side.

This week also saw us strip the seating from 24929 ready some contract work next week and Dave was back in the paintshop for the first time since his health scare.

1 comment:

Richard Symonds said...

Hi Everyone

Just seen this on Facebook is anyone on the Wagon side interested?

Nick J P Baxter
16 January at 11:22
There is a ex-GWR Fruit C body in S Wales should anyone bee looking for one. In OK condition. Free of charge, must arrange transport. other wise it will be burnt.
contact me on FB messenger. thanks